I have always enjoyed the Sago. Somehow the pearly, silky, slimy Sagos have captured my attention for a long time. Sago is a starch extracted from the spongy centre of palm stems and is a commercial product. It requires overnight soaking before you could start using it in your dishes. However depending on the quality, I have seen some Sago brands that only requires some 30 mins soak time.
In my Amma’s pantry, this is a constant ingredient, always stocked. Though it never found its way to mine. Come to think of it, I realize there are quite some ingredients that I never use that Amma uses a lot. Some because of my own non interest, some because of Athamma and some because the rest of the folks don’t fancy it. So together we have ignored some ingredients from our food chain.
So you can imagine the warmth I feel, eating and remembering my childhood days after I eat some of the dishes prepared from the afore mentioned category. I agree life gets interesting in flashbacks as well.
Anyway coming to the point, sago is one such ingredient that I get only when a recipe demands. Even then, after using it, I pack it off to Amma. She loves Sago Payasam. I never knew until few years ago that Sagubiyam Payasam has a history in our family. Having said that, you will naturally understand the sentimental attachment Amma has towards this.
Hubby dear can’t stand Sago best of times, so I strickly avoid giving him. On the other hand, Athamma loves this, however when one exception strikes, that ingredient never steps in mostly. So we enjoy it when Amma makes the payasam. Amma is also very particular where she buys. She vouches by Nilgris and anything else is never accepted.
As I have said Saturdays are Amma’s Vermicelli Payasam as the Prasadam for Lord Venkateswar. She sometimes alternates or includes in that payasam. In the interim, I never realized that Konda is fond of Amma’s payasam. so when we get our share, I happily feed Konda.
Coming to the recipe for the day, this a fruit payasam, made with Sago and seasonal fruits. You can actually include whatever fruit you like. We added grapes, apples, pears, banana, pomegranate and with vanilla essence, this pudding becomes very exotic!